The night of the war at a glance: Russians advance in Lysychansk - Ukraine: Donetsk region well fortified

The military situation around the embattled city of Lyssychansk in eastern Ukraine is coming to a head.

The night of the war at a glance: Russians advance in Lysychansk - Ukraine: Donetsk region well fortified

The military situation around the embattled city of Lyssychansk in eastern Ukraine is coming to a head. Russia claims to have breached Ukrainian positions there. There was another air alert throughout the country on Saturday night. At the same time, Ukraine is confident that it will master the path to EU membership. The United States pledges further military aid to the country attacked by Russia. The night of the war at a glance.

Russian troops advance in Lysychansk

There were conflicting reports about the situation in Lysychansk on the west bank of the Seversky Donets River. The Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow announced that Russian troops had blocked the city from the south. The defenses of Ukrainian troops had been breached, it said. The general staff of the Ukrainian army had previously spoken of air attacks by Russia on Lysychansk. "Ukrainian defenders successfully repelled a storm on the southern outskirts of Lysychansk." All of the information is difficult or impossible to independently verify.

Presidential Advisor: Donetsk region well fortified

An adviser to the Ukrainian president, Oleksiy Arestovych, does not expect Russian troops to take over the entire Donetsk region. To do this, four cities would have to be conquered, he said according to the portal The Slovjansk - Kramatorsk conurbation, where a good half a million people lived before the war, is considered to be particularly well fortified. There is the headquarters of the Ukrainian armed forces in the Donbass region.

Air alert throughout Ukraine

On the night of Saturday, the air alarm was once again triggered across the country. This emerged from a corresponding map of the situation. As the Ukrainian news site 24tv reported, there were reports of explosions from the city of Zaporizhia in the south-east.

Zelenskyj: Kyiv is happy about EU candidate status

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is optimistic that his country will meet the criteria for EU membership. Ukraine is now concentrating on EU requirements, the head of state said in his evening video address. "But does that scare us? No. Because we've successfully completed hundreds before that." The criteria for accession include the rule of law, the fight against corruption, guarantees of fundamental rights and a functioning market economy.

Zelenskyy called on his compatriots to welcome Thursday's decision by the EU summit to grant Ukraine candidate status. "It didn't just fall out of the sky. Ukraine did a lot for that."

Discontent in Moscow, protests in Tbilisi

The Russian Foreign Ministry sees the decision to allow Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova to join the EU as anti-Moscow policies. The European Union is thus continuing its line of penetrating the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) for the purpose of containing Russia, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced on Friday evening in Moscow.

In Georgia on the Black Sea, tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday night for the South Caucasus republic to join the EU. In the capital, Tbilisi, they also demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. The Georgian media reported that his government had not done enough to ensure that Georgia became a candidate for EU membership.

Blinken pledges further help to Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured Ukraine that his country would continue to provide military assistance. "You fight not only for yourself, but for all of us," said Blinken in Berlin. Since the beginning of the war, his country has provided Ukraine with defense aid worth around 6.1 billion US dollars (around 5.8 billion euros). "We will continue this as long as it lasts," he said.

That brings the day

You can read all further developments in our live ticker on the Ukraine war.

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